The Vapid Peyote is a type of sports classic car in GTA 5 and GTA Online. The Peyote is based on the first generation Ford Thunderbird. The chassis mainly resembles a 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird but it has double taillights instead of single ones, giving the rear end a similar appearance to Cadillacs from the early ’60s. The headlights are loosely based from a 1966 or 1967 Pontiac GTO with bigger lights and somewhat altered headlight bezels to fit into the styling of the mid-1950s era, there are other vehicles with similar headlights but they still look closer to the Pontiac’s.
The Vapid Peyote is available in Hardtop and Convertible forms, as well as occasionally appearing with a continental kit, or zebra skin patterns on the seats and a pair of black fuzzy dice hanging from the rear view mirror. The Peyote convertible, (as well as the Tornado and Manana), is one of the ‘Gang Cars’ that can be found at Grove Street in a unique configuration. The convertible top will be down, but the side windows will still be up. Gamers can’t duplicate this configuration for themselves because side windows automatically retract when a convertible top is lowered.
The performance of the Vapid Peyote is below average in comparison to other cars of similar size in GTA 5, however it tops the top speed leaderboard for the vintage class in a multiplayer race. The vehicle has a powerful engine that is able to provide both good acceleration and top speed 166 mph (267 kph). Its long wheelbase and small tires also result in poor cornering and stability, often requiring the aid of the handbrake to make moderately sharp turns. At its top speed the Vapid Peyote handles badly but if turned just slightly it will not spin.
ABS is fitted, but instead of the brakes locking up, the Peyote will still slide. Minor use when in motion is acceptable, but attempting to bring the car to a halt can be difficult. When braking downhill (such as exiting off-ramps), the driver learns to stand on the brakes for quite a distance before the desired stopping point.